The Boy Scouts of America made a historic announcement on Wednesday, saying they will admit young girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and will permit those members to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honor available, reports Fox News.
The organization revealed key components of its new policy in a record-breaking proposal, saying Cub Scout dens will be single-gender with larger packs having the option of remaining gender specific or open to all.
The Boy Scouts board of directors unanimously approved the plan at a BSA meeting in Texas, saying the decision was meant to give parents more options, particularly those with daughters who don’t have access to the Girl Scouts or other programs in their communities.
"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children," said BSA boss Michael Surbaugh. "The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women."
The announcement was met with harsh criticism from the Girl Scouts of the USA, who blasted the decision to recruit young girls into the boy scouts.
"I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts ... and not consider expanding to recruit girls," wrote Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan.